Monday, November 10, 2014

This Wednesday's Let's Talk...Genealogy topic is: Getting Results on Ancestry.com

This Wednesday, November 12, at 7 p.m. in the Genealogy/Local History Room of the Mount Clemens Public Library is MCGG's Let's Talk...Genealogy meeting. The discussion topic of the night is Getting Results on Ancestry.com.


We'll share tips for making Ancestry.com spill the beans -- the right beans, not all the beans -- in search results.

See you soon at the Mt. Clemens Public Library!

 
LE

Friday, November 7, 2014

More Free Access for this Veteran's Weekend

In addition to the free access offered by Findmypast this weekend (see the earlier post about this), there are two other free opportunities this weekend.

Ancestry.com is giving free access to its top military records collections in honor of Veterans Day. Free access runs until 11:59 p.m. EST Nov. 11. 

You do not have to start a free trial to see the search results. However, you do have to have a free log in account to access the actual records. (Note: a free log in accounts are used to post to message boards and for online trees but do not have subscription service.) The actual search page for this free access special is hard to find so here is the link to the correct page. The splash page on Ancestry's homepage announcing the free access takes you to the free trial membership page not to the free access special.

Sweden's ArkivDigital, its online digital archive, is offering free access to its entire site on Saturday, Nov. 8, to Sunday, Nov. 9. Each year the second Saturday in November is National Archives Day in Sweden.

Note: I have not found a specific start or stop time for the free access offer by ArkivDigital. So 12:00 a.m. November 8, in Sweden (Central European Time Zone) is 6 p.m. EST November 7, here in Michigan. That means Sweden is six hours ahead of us.

ArkivDigital has church records, estate inventories, passenger ship manifests, military records, court records, amongst others.

For details on how to access this digital archive's open house see the instruction page. (Yes, the instructions are in English.) Essentially you have to register and then download some software to access the images. After downloading the software, you start it and log into the website/software.

To keep up with additions and changes to ArkivDigital you can read its new English language blog.

Have fun researching for free this weekend.

See you soon at the Mt. Clemens Public Library!

LE

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Last Reminder: Tomorrow's Meeting is on Researching at the Archives of Michigan

Don't forget about tomorrow!

On Friday, November 7, at 1:00 pm in the auditorium of the Mount Clemens Public Library, Kris Rzepczyski, senior archivist at the Archives of Michigan, will present Researching Your Family History at the Archives of Michigan.


If you are in the Mount Clemens area, PLEASE JOIN US.

See you soon at the Mt. Clemens Public Library! 
 

LE

Findmypast is Free for this Veterans Weekend/Remembrance Weekend

This weekend the genealogy/family history subscription website, Findmypast, is offering free access in honor of Remembrance Weekend/Veterans Weekend. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War I.

Free access is being offered at all of Findmypast's regional websites.

For the United Kingdom (the original) version of Findmypast aka Findmypast.co.uk  :
Here are the details on the free access weekend from the United Kingdom version of the website. Free access is listed as running from 12:00 p.m. GMT Friday, Nov. 7 until 11:59 a.m. GMT Monday, Nov. 10.

For the United States version of Findmypast aka Findmypast.com  :
Here are the details on the free access weekend from the United States version of the website.
Free access is listed as running from 7 a.m. EST Friday, Nov. 7 until 6:59 a.m. EST Monday, Nov, 10.

Essentially the terms and conditions of the free access offer say:
To access the records you will need to be signed in at Findmypast: you can register for free using your name, email address and country of residence. The free access excludes the UK Electoral Registers (2002-2013) and the UK Companies House Directors (2002-2013) record sets. Current Findmypast Local subscribers (whilst they have an active Britain, Ireland, US & Canada or Australia & New Zealand subscription) will be able to access all World records (except those listed above) during the free access weekend. Current Findmypast World subscribers (with active World subscriptions expiring after 11:59am (GMT) [which is 6:59am (EST)] on Friday 7 November 2014, excluding Findmypast Library accounts) will have an additional three days added on to their subscription. Free access is subject to our fair usage policy: each account may view up to a maximum of 1,000 records per day.

Note: From what I remember of the free access offer Findmypast did during a prior World Cup, you do not have to provide a credit card -- you just need to have/create a username identity.

Find My Past is also hosting a Live Broadcast on Saturday, November 8, featuring an expert panel of Findmypast historians and guest speakers. The broadcast airs live from 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. GMT, or for us here in the United States that is 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. EST. (The UK is five hours ahead of us.) For more information on the Live Broadcast and how to view it, see Findmypast's Blog at the United Kingdom site or the Blog at the United States site

See you soon at the Mt. Clemens Public Library!

LE

Monday, November 3, 2014

Join Us for this Friday's Meeting: Researching Your Family History at the Archives of Michigan

On Friday, November 7, at 1:00 pm in the auditorium of the Mount Clemens Public Library, Kris Rzepczyski, senior archivist at the Archives of Michigan, will present Researching Your Family History at the Archives of Michigan.

If you are in the Mount Clemens area, PLEASE JOIN US.

See you soon at the Mt. Clemens Public Library! 
 

LE

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

FamilySearch Photoduplication Service -- A Free Resource

It isn't anything new but since February of this year it is being done a new way.

For years, the Family History Library has had a photoduplication service for items that could not be sent to a local family history center. For these items (most often books), patrons could fill out a request form and receive by mail a few pages for a small fee.

Since February the service has gone completely electronic/digital -- from the request form to receipt of the "copies." A few new rules have been implemented since going digital. One new rule is each person is limited to 5 requests/single copies per month. Another is that if the service can be completed completely digitally then it is free.

To learn more about the service and for a link to the request form, see the Photoduplication Services page. Remember to read all of the information on the page before filling out the request form.

Wondering what you could request with this service? How about a family member's death certificate from the "Michigan, Death Certificates, 1921-1952" database on the FamilySearch website?

See you soon at the Mt. Clemens Public Library!

LE

Monday, October 27, 2014

National Archives Virtual Genealogy Fair Begins Tomorrow, October 28, 2014

The National Archives is holding its Virtual Genealogy Fair this week, October 28 to October 30.

You can find the schedule of classes at the National Archives website including speaker bios, handouts and slides for each class. The live classes can be viewed on YouTube.

Tuesday's classes viewable at YouTube are:
  • 10:00 a.m. Introduction to Genealogy
  • 11:00 a.m. Preserving Your Personal Papers
  • 12:00 p.m. When Saying "I Do" Meant Giving Up Your U.S. Citizenship
  • 1 p.m. Overview of American Indian Records and Resources on the National Archives Website. 

Wednesday's classes viewable at YouTube are:
  • 10:00 a.m. Great Granny Eunice came from Ireland, Grandpa Fred was in the War, Can Access Archival Databases (AAD) Help Me?
  • 11:00 a.m. World War I Draft Registration Cards
  • 12:00 p.m. Ancestry.com
  • 1:00 p.m. Finding the Correct Ancestor: Using Civil War and Census Records
  • 2:00 p.m. FamilySearch
  • 3:00 p.m. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
  • 5:00 p.m. Federal Land Records at the National Archives

Thursday's classes viewable at YouTube are:
  • 10:00 a.m. Family History and the FOIA: Researching 20th Century FBI records
  • 11:00 a.m. Discovering Your Family's Past in Military and Early Veterans Administration Personal Data Records and Selective Service Records
  • 12:00 p.m. Individual Deceased Military Personnel Files (IDPFs)
  • 1:00 p.m. Vets and Feds in the Family Tree
  • 2:00 p.m. Alien Ancestors during Times of War
  • 3:00 p.m. Patently Amazing: Finding Your Family in Patent Records
If the fair is like previous ones held, many of these classes should be viewable after the fair has concluded.

See you soon at the Mt. Clemens Public Library!

LE